Morito-Scovill Americas shifts focus to fight COVID-19

April 1st, 2020

Morito Scovill Americas (MSA) has shifted focus to help in the production of PPE to fight COVID-19 infection. MSA is actively reaching out to help manufacturers understand what components the company can supply, including plastic snaps, hook and loop fastening, and stainless steel snaps and fasteners. If you are shifting production to PPE or other...

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Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic

April 1st, 2020

IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to discuss how they are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. For companies that are operational—that is, they have either been deemed essential businesses or they are not currently under a “shelter in place” order—worker health and safety is a major concern....

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Drexel U. works to fill critical need for masks and respirators

April 1st, 2020

Drexel University design professor Genevieve Dion shifted 3D knitting machines from a Dept. of Defense project to the challenge of developing masks and respirators, according to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “This is an opportunity to show what advanced manufacturing can do and rapid prototyping can do,” said Dion, who directs Drexel’s Center for Functional...

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Gerhing-Tricot available to produce medical and other textiles

April 1st, 2020

Gehring-Tricot Corp. is offering their resources to assist other textile-related cut/sew facilities and  product manufacturing companies respond to COVID-19. Gehring-Tricot Corp is a diverse vertically integrated textile manufacturer based in New York and Massachusetts, historically known for its ability to service a very broadrange of textile markets. Bill Christmann, VP of sales at Gehring-Tricot, says, “We are currently considered an essential mill,...

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ASTM providing free access to COVID-19-related standards

April 1st, 2020

ASTM International is providing no-cost public access to important ASTM standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment—including face masks, medical gowns, gloves and hand sanitizers—to support manufacturers, test labs, health care professionals and the general public as they respond to the global COVID-19 public health emergency. Click “Access” below, register if...

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Geosynthetics Conference 2021 call for proposals and abstracts now open

April 1st, 2020

Proposals and abstracts are now being accepted for the Geosynthetics Conference 2021. Submissions can include short course, workshop, training lecture, technical session and panel discussion proposals, as well as abstract submissions for technical papers of all types. Submissions will be accepted through May 1, 2020.  The Geosynthetics Conference 2021 takes place Feb. 21–24, 2021, in Kansas City,...

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SBA and Treasury begin mobilization efforts to distribute funds

April 1st, 2020

Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need. The CARES Act...

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Application process for Paycheck Protection Program opens Friday

April 1st, 2020

Starting Friday, April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – an initiative that was included in the $2 trillion economic relief bill signed by President Trump last week, which authorizes nearly $350 billion in forgivable loans to businesses to pay up to eight weeks...

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Facebook, others launch grant programs for small businesses

April 1st, 2020

Facebook announced a $100 million program to help small businesses affected by coronavirus. The grants will be available for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. Facebook said it will be accepting applications in the coming weeks. The company said the program can help businesses with rent, operational costs, maintaining workforce and...

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Vertilux producing face mask kits: sewers needed!

March 31st, 2020

Vertilux, headquartered in Miami, Fla, is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fabrics, components and automated solutions for the window covering industry. Recently, the company decided to join the fight against COVID-19 and start producing face masks kits for other people and organizations who have the capabilities to sew them in large quantities....

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